Probable Lineups


Probable Lineups Statistical Comparison

(40) 23 Goals 25 (36)
(32) 21 Assists 16 (25)
(6.5) 6.7 Average Ratings 6.8 (6.5)
29.4 Average Age 32.5
184.1 Average Height (cm) 182.4
(0.8) 0.9 Shots pg 0.8 (0.7)
(49%) 46% Aerial Duel Success 53% (52%)
(0.8) 0.6 Dribbles pg 0.7 (0.8)
(1.3) 1 Tackles pg 1.1 (1.5)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Aston Villa
Sheff Utd
Player Reason Status Rating
Tom Heaton Out 6.57
Wesley Out 6.76
Player Reason Status Rating
Jack O'Connell Out 6.93
John Fleck Doubtful 6.86

Team News

Aston Villa
Sheff Utd
  • The big positive for Villa is that the break has allowed key midfielder John McGinn to return to fitness after six months out and the Scot's return is likely to be crucial to Dean Smith's side's survival hopes.
  • Ahead of lockdown Pepe Reina had suffered a minor injury and had also committed a couple of errors so, while back fit, the Spaniard faces real competition for a starting place from both Orjan Nyland and fit again Jed Steer.
  • First choice keeper Tom Heaton remains sidelined, however, along with striker Wesley, though Keinan Davis is back available and competing with Aly Samatta for a starting berth.
  • Some late injury news ahead of the clash has seen Jack O'Connell sidelined for the first time this season, while John Fleck is reportedly a doubt.
  • If the latter is not fit to start, Sander Berge will likely come into the midfield trio, while Phil Jagielka should start at the back.
  • As is always the case with the Blades, the main selection dilemma comes in attack, with David McGoldrick, Lys Mousset, Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp all competing for two spots.


  • In what is the first game back following a three-month absence, both Aston Villa and Sheffiled United embark on very different missions following promotion last summer.
  • The hosts are 19th as things stand but know that a victory in this game in hand - carried over from their participation in the Carabao Cup final - represents the chance to escape the bottom three.
  • The visitors, meanwhile, would leapfrog both Wolves and Manchester United into fifth if they could complete the double over Smith's side, heading to Villa Park for the first time since a memorable meeting last season which saw them surrender a 3-0 lead.

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